TIRRC was chosen as the co-host for the 2016 conference because of the innovative integration strategies and diverse partnerships that have emerged from our work over the last 14 years. Between December 11th and 13th, 2016, more than 1,200 leaders from across the country and around the world came together to reflect on the current moment and use the conference as a springboard for how to transform communities.
The InterNASHional Food Crawl, our signature fundraiser, encourages Nashvillians to meet their neighbors from around the world by sampling food from these small businesses. The purpose of the event is to increase Nashvillians' familiarity of immigrant-owned businesses on Nolensville Pike, build relationships and community between immigrants and non-immigrants, and bring Nashvillians together to celebrate our rich cultural traditions.
On April 12, 2016, more than 600 students and teachers from across the state, Memphis to Morristown, gathered in Nashville for our Tuition Opportunity Day on the Hill. Students met with dozens of legislators, sharing their stories and aspirations, asking for their support.
On November 23rd, hundreds of Tennesseans peacefully gathered at Legislative Plaza to stand with refugees. Amidst the anti-refugee rhetoric throughout the country, we lit candles and came together to show that Tennessee is a welcoming, inclusive state.